IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I've been waiting for this package from my sister so I could rate this as my #300!
A dark motor oil colored beer with a huge rocky brown head. Roasted barley, coffee and chocolate in the nose. Not the candied flavor I thought it might have but a mild cocoa taste, the roasted flavors take center stage with the chocolate and smoke playing supporting roles. A nice hop bite keeps this from being too sweet. A nice mixture of flavors, good balance but a bit thin bodied. One I will try again and again! Thanks Sis!
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a treat! This is a fantastic beer. I am always excited when I pick up a bottle of this inspiring brew.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a very dark bown color with some carbonaton and a thick off-white head. Smell is sweet malt/chocolates. Taste is creamy/sweet malts/chocolate with a very smooth finish. Overall a great stout.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was ready to fall in love with this one. Unfortunately, it's too rich, like drinking a dessert. The first few sips were fascinating, but ultimately, it was difficult finishing a bottle.
KCKajr (15) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Widget can. Pours black, with a medium sized foamy head. Smells like....hmmm, trying to put my finger on it....I can't quite get a grasp on this aroma. The mouthfeel is as creamy as it gets. Tastes like...man there it is again...I just can't pin this one down...perhaps a subtle undertone of....chocolate???
I'm kidding of course. This is sweet delicious chocolate, in it's best form (alcoholic form). Beer like this will motivate kids to go to college so they can afford it later in life. The nectar of the gods.
DarthJames (10) - Redmond, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Extremely dark fizzy drink with almost no head. Strong chcocolate after taste. Try one as an after-dinner drink w/ dessert
enchantingdb (7) - Newport, WALES - MAR 27, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Widget can. A rich chocolate tasting beer best drunk not too cold. Not too sweet it leaves a long lasting pleasant after-taste.
Note: The can version is 5.2%abv.
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Double Chocolate Stout pours an opaque midnight black with a fizzy brown head that quickly dissipated to a collar and completely disappeared before I finished.
The aroma is kind of yeasty initially settling into malts and a big sweet dark chocolate smell with some vanilla notes.
It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is dominated by chocolate. There is a slight metallic bitterness, but the sweetness definitely overwhelms it. A little too out of whack on the sweet side...I would have preferred a little more hops for better balance.
Overall, I think this would make a terrific dessert drink. It's probably not something I'd drink a lot of or frequently though.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with large dense tan head.
Smells of roasted malts and tootsie rolls.
Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, a little alcohol, and chocolate again. The chocolate is not overpowering, but rather a silky smooth character that caresses the tongue and teases of rich chocolate cake.
The mouthfeel could be thicker but maybe the slick, smooth feel contributes to the amazing drinkability.
Fast becoming one of my favorite beers, I am looking to try this on nitro-tap.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Widget can, thanks piscator34 Dark brown with a full off-white foamy head, ultra-sticky. Aroma is very malty with rusty crystal malt tones lifting almond, brown chocolate (nutella?), and vanilla flavours. It's actually unpleasant to me when fresh, but at room temperature, it gets tolerable although definitely not a beer I particularly enjoy. It's very sweet, nutty and with honest chocolate milk peaks, but rather tart and cloying with metallic astringency. Pretty thin bodied although quite creamy and smooth.